Week 43 Word: Armor of God
Week 43 Test: Ephesians 6:10-17
Written by: Whitney Putnam
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” (Ephesians 6:10-13 NLT)
A soldier in her armor can’t be shaken. She is protected and covered on every side, poised for battle.
Lately, I’ve forgotten that I am for war not because I put on my armor every day, but because Jesus’ blood is my armor. Some days I get so caught up trying to put on each piece that I forget its already been done – my identity is in the armor given to me by Jesus.
Paul tells us, “Be strengthened by the Lord and his great strength.” (Ephesians 6:10)
But sometimes I forget I’m already suited up, and I can get rattled to my core. I become the soldier who is shaken.
Maybe you have, too.
Maybe you’re in a season of disappointment or unmet expectations. Or maybe it’s the natural disaster after natural disaster that has you poised for fear. And if not that, you could certainly be shaken by the unfair and terrible acts of violence occurring in our world today.
So, what happens when our knees get wobbly and our hands are a tad bit shaky?
Believer, I am going to call us out. Lately, our knees remain shaky, our hearts settle into anxiety and our hands continue to be restless because we are fighting the wrong battles. We are praying good prayers, but not the most effective. We are yelling at the multitudes across the Internet rather than realizing our battle is singular.
Yes, our battle is singular. It is not about gun laws, bullying tactics, nor unmet expectations. Our battle is against a scheming, deceiving, slippery and disgusting serpent named satan.
He is filthy.
As I write these words, I am terrified because truth is – he has power. I’ve seen and felt his power in my life as he ties ropes around my knees to keep me off balance, and threads lies into my heart to feed its anxiety. But we are called to put on the armor of God for one reason – to stand against the schemes of the devil.
Dear sister, when was the last time you stood up in your prayer time and rebuked the devil? When was the last time you called him out, flexed your fist and said, “Not today, satan!”
Honest talk? We need more prayers entering the throne room fighting the singular battle “against the cosmic powers of this darkness…the spiritual forces in the heavens.” (Ephesians 6:12)
You and I have vast strength. We can be soldiers not shaken. May today be our day to rise up as warrior women, wearing the finest weaponry of all time – the blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
1. Before you leave this post, name one area (out loud) that satan has found a way to leave his mark. Now rebuke him. That’s right! Out loud! Point your finger at the devil and say, “Not today!”
2. The concept of armor is hard for us because we don’t ever wear it. Instead, think of your “power dress,” the one that makes you feel good. What can you do in that dress that’s different than when you wear leggings and a hoodie? Now imagine the blood of Jesus and its effect on our lives. Wow! Let’s go conquer the world!